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WHO Affirms Use Of Birth Control Injections After Weighing HIV Risks

The WHO upheld its guidelines on the safety of hormone injections for contraception yesterday, despite some data that users are at increased risk of HIV transmission. An expert panel says the evidence isn't solid yet, and at-risk couples should use a second method, like condoms, for HIV prevention.
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Air Pollution Ups Risk Of Stroke, Impaired Memory

Two studies in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggest short and long-term exposure to air pollution can increase the risk of stroke and cognitive declines. Study author Jennifer Weuve discusses the results, and why particulate matter and gases like ozone may harm the body.
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Should Sugar Be Regulated Like Alcohol?

Writing in the journal Nature, UCSF pediatrician Robert Lustig and colleagues suggest regulating sugar just like alcohol and tobacco--with taxes and age limits, for example--due to what they call the "toxic" effects of too much sweet stuff. Education, they say, is not enough.
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Johnson & Johnson Recalls Infants' Tylenol That's Too Hard To Use

A newly designed bottle and syringe that were supposed to make it easier to give a baby the right dose of Tylenol have drawn complaints from parents. The system is too difficult to use.
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Questions About Bird Flu Research Swirl Around Private WHO Meeting

A small group has gathered at the World Health Organization in Geneva to discuss a controversy over experiments that generated genetically altered viruses. After the meeting, which ends Friday, the WHO will announce what happened behind closed doors.
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Weight-Loss Drugs Face High Hurdles At FDA

The Food and Drug Administration will take a second look at a weight-loss drug it rejected in 2010. The decision to review Qnexa comes as the agency is rethinking how it judges weight-loss drugs. Though obesity is at epidemic levels, the FDA hasn't approved any new weight-loss medicines since 1999.

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